The mayor of Langouët, Daniel Cueff, had decided, on May 18, to ban in his commune the spreading of pesticides within 150 meters of homes.
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The antipesticide decree of the mayor of Langouët, Daniel Cueff, was canceled by the administrative court, announced Friday, October 25, Master Arnaud Delomel, lawyer of this commune of Ille-et-Vilaine. “The administrative court of Rennes retains that a mayor does not have the power to make an order on the regulation of pesticides. The argumentation of the court does not go further because it stops at the competence of the mayor “, he told AFP.
On May 18, Daniel Cueff issued an order prohibiting the use of pesticides within 150 meters of homes. He is not alone, but his case has become a symbol. Several dozens of municipalities have subsequently taken similar orders, including Paris and Lille.
The prefecture had appealed to the court on the grounds that the regulation on this issue is the responsibility of the state, not the mayor. In August, the administrative court had already suspended the order.